FBI Brings Charges Against Five With Possible Links to JPMorgan Hack
The long arm of U.S. justice prevails as individuals in Florida and Israel are apprehended and charged with crimes involving Bitcoin exchanges and stock manipulation.While attacks against organizations continue to make headlines, not all attacks go unpunished. The FBI is charging five individuals with criminal activities that might be linked to the massive attack against JPMorgan Chase in 2014. The FBI's public disclosures do not make a direct link to the JPMorgan attack, though media reports from Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal cite unnamed U.S. officials alleging that the individuals charged are in some way linked to the JPMorgan incident. Banking giant JPMorgan Chase publicly disclosed in October 2014 details of a cyber-attack against its infrastructure that was first reported in August. That disclosure revealed that 76 million households and an additional 7 million small businesses were affected by the data compromise. One of the indictments against the alleged JPMorgan attackers is related to the operations of an underground Bitcoin exchange. In a press release, the FBI alleges that Anthony Murgio and Yuri Lebedev operated an unlicensed Internet Bitcoin exchange called Coin.mx, which was operated through a phony front company. The FBI noted that Coin.mx was operated in violation of federal anti-money laundering regulations.
Both Murgio and Lebedev were arrested by the FBI at their residences in Florida.